The article examines influence of the peace process on the 2003 Israeli elections. It argues that the key to victory of the Israeli right is the failure of the Oslo process and the Palestinian campaign of violence that followed. This did not mean that the public voted in favour of the ideology of the Right. In fact, the ideological divide over the peace process has been replaced by a growing consensus, according to which, even most self-identifying supporters of the Right now accept the classic positions of the Israeli Left such as a Palestinian state, and the need to dismantle isolated settlements. Against this background Sharon's success rested not only on his government’s success in drastically reducing terrorism, but also on the transformation of his image in the eyes of the public from "super-hawk" to a credible consensus candidate.

Jonathan Rynhold and Gerald Steinberg, 'The Peace Process and the Israeli Elections' Israel Affairs Summer 2004, vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 181-20

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